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Exams and assessment

Exceptional circumstances

During your studies you might be faced with unforeseen personal, medical or family problems that are outside your control and are negatively affecting your academic performance in your assessments. Such problems are known as 'exceptional circumstances'.

Injuries and medical issues

If you have a temporary injury that impacts upon your ability to write you can find out if any special arrangements can be made by contacting

If you are unable to attend an exam because of illness you should follow the exceptional circumstances process. Your claim must be supported by a medical certificate that confirms the circumstances affected you on the day of the exam. 

If you become ill during an examination and do not feel able to continue you should raise your hand and inform a member of the invigilation team. You must seek evidence from a health professional as soon as possible after leaving the examination that confirms the nature of your illness; evidence is not normally be provided by the invigilator to support a claim for exceptional circumstances. You can then follow the exceptional circumstances process.

Jury service

If you are summoned for jury service during the examination period you may be able to apply to defer your jury service. Alternatively you may apply for exceptional circumstances to delay your exam.

Applying for exceptional circumstances

An application form and full details on applying for exceptional circumstances are found in our assessment policies.

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